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Paddle Board Highlights
Who is it for?
Looking for an incredibly durable inflatable paddle board? Look no further...check out the Carbon Hoss Kit from Hala Gear. This board comes in one size, 11’ x 33” x 6” and is tough as nails. It’s great for all around paddling but really shines in whitewater paddling where you need a board that’s sturdy and durable. It is great for paddlers of all sizes and skill levels and can hold up to 275 lbs. The board also comes with everything you need to get on the water and have fun. A paddle, pump, rolling backpack, fins and repair kit are all included in its $1,399 price point.
The Carbon Hoss has a very simple yet playful graphic design. The grey accents on the rails and the blue/green graphics on the deck pad go together nicely in combination with the rolling backpack that’s included. These slight touches go a long way. Speaking of the backpack, it was one of the nicer bags we’ve seen and the ease of use with the wheels on the bag was the cherry on top. The board was also quite light for how rigid and durable it is and was pretty easy to carry from the car down to the water. A few other nice features worth mentioning were the added handles on the nose and tail of the board in addition the center handle on the deck. Now, here’s where this board really sets itself apart from other inflatable boards: the Carbon Stringer technology really does maximize glide performance as Hala promises. This patented technology really adds to the performance of the board and really is one of the most, if not the most, rigid inflatables we’ve seen and tried to-date which is why it’s a no-brainer that the Carbon Hoss from Hala Gear deserves the A-grade.
Primary UseAll Around / River
Paddle Boards fall into two broad categories, All-Around and Specialty boards, with all-around designed primarily for recreation while speciality boards for top performance in specific disciplines
Durability is largely a result of the board construction and shape, with more durable boards typically carrying more materials (added layers, PVC, etc) and as such adding to the weight.
Stability is a product of construction and shape, where boards w/ 30”+ wide and 200+ liters in volume offer plenty of stability for your AVG adult while a board under 26” wide is a challenge.
Glide is a result of board shape and construction, w/ boards weighing under 30lbs and designed for racing offering best glide while recreational boards normally being on the slow side.
Dimensions11' x 33" x 6"
Industry standard in board dimensions reads: L (length, from nose to tail) x W (width, from rail to rail at midpoint length), and H (height, from top to bottom of board at midpoint length).
Standup paddle boards tend to fall into 4 different weight classes: extremely lightweight (under 20 lbs), lightweight (20-28 lbs), average weight (28-35 lbs), heavy (above 35 lbs).
Volume is a key metric to determine how much weight a board can carry. Boards w/ 200+ liters offer most floatation with boards under 150 liters typically for high-performance surf.
Capacity275 lbs / 226kg
Capacity is the max cargo weight a stand up paddle board can carry, considering not only the paddler’s weight but whatever else the paddler may choose to carry alongside him/her.
Add On'sBungee Nose, D Ring, Paddle Included, Handle on nose, Handle on tail, D ring on tail, 10 soft rigging points
Add-on’s include bungee cords, a minimalist way to haul things; Connexsup, which allows for all sorts of attachments, even fishing rods; and FCS II/Connect, for easy fin install.
Handles directly affect carrying ease, with external grip handles (Liftsup & EZgrab) offering most comfort, Internal Ergo Grip the mid-tier comfort, and box handles as least comfortable.
Fishing rod holders and/or paddle holders can make paddling that much more pleasant, esp. when needing holders for the rod or having a safe place for the paddle during yoga.
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